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Brenda Creek wildfire now mapped at 824 hectares

The Brenda Creek wildfire, July 14, 2021.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service
July 25, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Hot weather and winds may cause more activity around the Brenda Creek fire burning south of the Okanagan Connector.

"Temperatures will be warmer in the coming days which may result in increased fire activity. The forecast high-pressure system has moved to the north, which is likely to cause a change in weather patterns. As a result, stronger winds may occur," BC Wildfire Service said in a press release. "This could challenge guard lines and crews."

The fire is now measuring  824 hectares, up from its previous mapping of 662 hectares, and still classified as under control. 

"The protection of life, property and critical infrastructure is the priority," BC Wildfire said.

"A high-volume water delivery system is in place to protect the section of the transmission line within the fire perimeter. This delivery system consists of a four-inch hose line that supplies a series of larger sprinklers. A specialized high-volume pump supplies water to the line, which can be turned on quickly if the threat to the transmission line increases due to increased fire activity. This waterline has been instrumental in the protection of the transmission line."

BC Wildfire said that it was relatively calm on the fire front yesterday and Sunday morning.

"The most active portion of the fire was near the southwest flank, where Rank 3 fire behaviour continues to threaten the transmission line. Overall fire growth was minimal. work on guard lines in this area continues to progress," according to the update.

"Crews continue to reinforce sections of guard line on the northwest corner of the fire by burning off the fuel between the guard and the fire with small, hand ignition operations," according to the update.

"Helicopters were used to bucket water onto hotspots yesterday, drawing water from nearby lakes. This effort will continue today."

Five firefighters and three support staff remain on site during the night to monitor the fire and protect high value features.


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